LB: “Forget the metrics…”

by Larry Brody

Two plus years ago on Twitter, I quoted an anonymous Starz executive who announced to one of the classes I was teaching here at TVWriter™ at the time as saying:

“Forget the metrics, just give us the absolutely best scripts you can. Showbiz is about hitting the jackpot, not becoming valedictorian.” read article

Lew Ritter: It’s All Your Fault, Larry Brody!

It’s All Your Fault, Larry:
How to Turn a Screenplay into a World Class (I Hope) Novel
by Lew Ritter

You may remember my name. I contributed articles to TVWriter™ from 2015-2017. But I’ll understand if you don’t.

In 2013, before I became a contributor, I wrote a television script called Turbulence and entered it into Larry Brody’s People’s Pilot Contest.

It did well the first time, winding up somewhere in the middle of the scripts submissions, so I made some changes and entered it again. The second time, it received Semi-Finalist status. read article

How Making It in Hollywood is Getting Harder Every Day

“Beware the Zoom room!” And other tips for newbies of all ages, sizes, shapes, genders, talents, ambitions, and other you-name-its!

photo by Alexis Hunley for the New Republic

by Kyle Paoletta

The streaming business is booming. But the industry’s working stiffs say their lives are only getting more precarious.

Edgar Momplaisir’s first glimpse of Hollywood success came early. Having dropped out of college in 2014 and moved to Southern California to chase the dream of writing for television, Momplaisir was named to a house team at the Upright Citizens Brigade, the improv theater that serves as a proving ground for aspiring comedy writers and performers. With a regular opportunity to showcase his talents, Momplaisir thought, “Holy shit, I made it.” read article

Cartoon: ‘Insight’

Our favorite cartoonist-philosopher, Grant Snider, presents his insight into…insight itself. Who’d a’thought?

More of Grant Snider’s sensitive perception of humanity and creativity at Incidental Comics, HERE

LB: RIP Mort Sahl and Joanna Cameron

by Larry Brody

During the past couple of weeks, two shoebiz people I knew – sort of – passed away without getting much attention from the press for doing so.

The first was Joanna Cameron, an actress remembered primarily for a ’70s kid show called The Secret of Isis.

The second was Mort Sahl, one of the fathers and best known practitioners of in-your-face-political-stand-up comedy. read article